Wednesday 17 January 2018

Is Samsung making Google’s Nexus Two?

If Samsung’s 8 November event in New York is a key milestone for Google Android, as is rumoured, it would be unprecedented

Google Nexus One. Photo: Bloomberg News
Google Nexus One. Photo: Bloomberg News

Matt Warman

Despite Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt telling the Telegraph earlier this year that there would be no Nexus Two, online rumours of a follow-up to the Nexus One phone are gathering pace.

Samsung is known to be holding an Android event in New York on 8 November, to which it has already begun inviting journalists – but if the announcement were to be as significant as some bloggers have been speculating, it would mark a significant break with Google’s previous product announcements.

Google’s forthcoming operating system, Android Gingerbread, is expected in this quarter of the year, but previously all software announcements by the search giant have been at least shared with partner manufacturers – the Samsung announcement appears to be exclusively by the Korean electronics giant.

This makes it more likely that the New York launch is of the follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S handset, rather than anything even more significant.

Improvements expected in Android Gingerbread could include the launch of Google Music, which the company demonstrated at its I/O conference in May this year, as well as a new focus on gaming and revised apps.

There have also been suggestions that the update will include improved copy and paste functionality.

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